I&B secy Bimal Julka stresses value of social media in reaching out to people

NEW DELHI: Information and Broadcasting Ministry Secretary Bimal Julka has said social media initiatives of the government had provided people a platform to communicate directly with the government through methods such as Crowdsourcing, which encouraged such innovations.

He stressed the need for qualitative information flow and interface of citizens with the communication strategy of the government. "This has led to people centric communication and facilitated enhanced outreach and visibility of government communication across platforms," he said.

Julka said this in discussions with Queensland University of Technology, Australia vice chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake, here today.

"The communication paradigm has undergone a shift with a 360 degree approach being adopted to address the communication needs and challenges," he said.

He also referred to flagship schemes of the government namely Digital India, Skill India, Make In India, which had provided an opportunity to media units to reach out to defined target audiences. 

He specifically highlighted the use and effectiveness of initiating Talkathons, which provided a direct interface with the people leading to effective citizen centric communication. "Such initiatives would encourage a culture of inclusive and participative decision making," he said.


During the meeting, Julka and Professor Coaldrake reviewed the current training mechanism between the Ministry and QUT with regard to in-service training of Indian Information Service officers. Both agreed that the future training agenda should include contemporary issues related to media and communication studies. They emphasized that Skill Development was critical for in-service training of officers handling government communication.

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